How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture

So you can look your very best

Your YouTube profile picture is often the first thing other YouTubers experience of your account and channel, so it's important that it's as eye-catching and as effective as possible. Accordingly, this guide explains how to change your profile picture, covering how to make the change on desktop and laptop computers, and also on smartphones.

Change Your Profile Picture on YouTube in a Browser

Changing your YouTube profile picture is as easy as logging into your YouTube account.

illustration of a YouTube page and a cursor clicking on the profile picture
Chelsea Damraksa / Lifewire 

For desktop and laptop users (Windows and Mac), here's how to change it via YouTube:

  1. Go to youtube.com in a computer's browser.

  2. Click your YouTube profile picture, in the top-right corner of the screen.

  3. Click My channel.

  4. Click your profile picture.

  5. Click EDIT.

  6. Pick the image you'd like to use as your profile picture, or select Upload photo to choose a photo saved to your computer.

  7. You should keep in mind that it may take anything from several minutes to several hours for the change to register across all relevant accounts (e.g. it's also your picture for Gmail and Google Hangouts).

How to Change Your YouTube Profile Picture Using a Smartphone or Tablet

Screenshot of a YouTube profile picture being changed via the YouTube mobile app

Assuming that you don't have a desktop or laptop computer readily to hand, you can change your YouTube profile picture using your smartphone or tablet. Regardless of whether you use iOS or Android, here's what you do if you have the YouTube app downloaded on your device:

  1. Open the YouTube app.

  2. Sign in to your YouTube account.

  3. Tap your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page.

  4. Tap Manage your Google Account.

  5. Tap your profile picture.

  6. Tap Set Profile Photo.

  7. Tap Take photo or Choose photo.

  8. Either take a photo and tap the check mark, or pick a photo saved to your device and then tap Accept.